BJP to form Govt. in Gujarat, Congress in Himachal

Ahmedabad/Shimla, Dec 20 (ANI): Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to form the government in Gujarat, while the Congress looked set to form the government in Himachal Pradesh.

Official trends in the counting of votes that began on Thursday morning projected Modi capturing power for the third consecutive time.

The BJP was leading in 115 seats, while the Congress alliance is ahead in 65 seats. The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) headed by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has failed to make any dents.

In the 182-member Assembly, the BJP had won 117 in the last elections in 2007 while Congress got 59.

Meanwhile, fortunes changed for Congress in Himachal Pradesh, where it was projected as trailing the ruling BJP.

As per the latest trends, the Congress is leading in 38 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is ahead in 23 seats.

Votes are being counted at 39 centres under heavy security. The Congress and the BJP are contesting on all 68 seats.

The BJP won 41 seats in the last assembly polls. The Congress bagged 23 seats and the BSP got one seat.

The results of the Himachal assembly polls are crucial for the future of Virbhadra Singh, who has been the chief minister of the state for five times.

78-year-old Virbhadra Singh, who had to resign from the Union Cabinet over allegations of corruption, was appointed the Congress Party's chief in the state just days before the polling. (ANI)

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